Barna poll: Gen Z is the most ‘post-Christian’ generation in US history

Jardine Malado – 26 JANUARY 2018 – The Christian Times

A Barna survey has found that Generation Z Americans are the least religious generation in U.S. history.

Americans born between 1999 and 2015, also known as Generation Z, are the least religious generation in the country’s history, with many of them increasingly identifying as agnostic, atheist or not religiously unaffiliated.

A new survey conducted by the Barna Group has found that 35 percent of Generation Z teenagers claim to be atheist agnostic or unaffiliated with any religion compared to 30 percent of millennials, 30 percent of Generation X and 26 percent of Baby Boomers.

The Barna Group describes Generation Z as the first truly “post-Christian” generation, noting that many of them are not asserting a religious identity, more than any other generation before them.

The findings of the study revealed that twice as many Generation Z teenagers identify themselves as atheists, compared to the general population (13 percent against six percent of all adults).

Only 59 percent of Generation Z teenagers considered themselves Christian or Catholic, while 65 percent of millennials and Generation X, and 75 percent of Baby Boomers identified as some form of Christian.

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